Detecting Fraud: Two simple tests!
Just got an email from Apple, asking you to reset your password? How do you know if it’s for real?
Many emails arrive in your Inbox from what appear to be legitimate sources: your bank or credit card company, Amazon, Apple and plenty of others. A lot of them seem to be on the up-and-up;
after all they have all the company logos and security warnings.
How can you tell if you’re being scammed? Well, here’s one VERY simple way: check the spelling and grammar in the message. Since many of these Internet scams originate in foreign countries, the spelling and/or grammar is often not quite right. If you examine a fraudulent message carefully you will almost always find that kind of error.
And that’s your instant warning that something is fishy. Still not 100% sure? Then look for your name in the body of the message. For example, a legitimate email might begin:
Dear Jane Doe,
whereas a Spam email will not contain any name at all, or it might look like this:
“Dear [email protected]”
That’s a sure sign that the only information that the scammers have is your email address. And if they don’t know your actual name, it’s highly unlikely that you’re looking at a legitimate email.